Care & Justice

  Care & Justice  



The mission of Trinity's Care and Justice Commission is to meet the needs of our neighbors, both locally and globally. We do this by offering our time, talent, and resources to reflect God's care and God's heart for justice in all that we do.

As needs arise Trinity's Care & Justice Commission authorizes grants towards disaster relief efforts both domestically and internationally.  We also offer a number of programs directly or in conjunction with our local and international partners.

The Commission is chaired by Timi Most. Please contact her for information about upcoming meetings and how you can get involved.  For more information about all existing programs or how you might "champion" a new Care & Justice program at Trinity, please email care.justice@TrinityMenloPark.org.


 

PuRSUING RACIAL JUSTICE   

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  • SACRED GROUND
  • FORUM on FAITH & RACE
  • TEEN ACTION CHALLENGE
  • C&J RECOMMENDS



 

CARE DURING COVID

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Season of Gleaning

Tuesdays @ Trinity

A weekly community food drive


Tuesdays, 8am - noon
Trinity parking lot







Volunteer:  Care.Justice@TrinityMenloPark.org




 

GOOD NEWS GARDENERS

Over a dozen Trinity gardeners have joined the “Good News Gardens” movement, an initiative sponsored by The Episcopal Church which asks gardeners to (in the words of our Presiding Bishop) “do what love would do.” 

Good News Gardeners agree to “Plant” a little extra in order to share the bounty; “Pray” for our relation to Creation; and “Proclaim” God’s love by sharing their experiences.  (Hence the logo!)
 
Trinity's Good News Gardeners share their bounty through Trinity's Season of Gleaning food drive.  In turn they are supported by a Master Gardener and by regular sharing of gardening tips and inspirations.

You too can join the movement – a pot of herbs qualifies!  And Trinity’s Season of Gleaning fresh food drive is the perfect channel for getting the fruits of your efforts into the hands of God’s people in need.

For more information contact Nancy Grove.

HONDURAS HURRICANE RELIEF


Parishioner Mateo Sabio is  bringing emergency relief to the people of Honduras.

 

After the devastating hurricanes Eta and Iota, the 17-year-old Eagle Scout and senior at Menlo-Atherton High School moved quickly to launch an online “Go Fund Me” campaign to raise $10,000 for immediate relief efforts.   Care & Justice has granted $1000 to the effort, and Trinity parishioners have already matched that amount.  You can donate here.

 
Funds will go to search and rescue teams (firefighters, local Red Cross) and churches providing temporary shelter and meals to hurricane victims, as well as the purchase of desperately needed portable water filtration systems. 
 
Watch a video of Mateo's Eagle Scout project in Honduras — also funded in part by Trinity parishioners —  here.  We are so proud of Trinity's latest Eagle Scout and of Mateo's showing us all what "Care and Justice" looks like in action.  Thank you, Mateo!




 

Trinity Christmas Project - SUCCESS!


Total donations from Trinity parishioners to date are $7,318 plus the $1,500 Care & Justice donation from the Trinity budget  - total $8,818. A total of 115 $50 gift cards were delivered to EHP in time for their Christmas distribution.  The balance of the donations ($3,318) will be sent to EHP for ongoing support. We are deeply grateful for all the wonderful generous support, the families served by EHP are truly in dire need.

 

Partners & Programs

 
JAIL MINISTRY
in 2017 Trinity launched a jail ministry program working with CIC Ministries (Correctional Institutions Chaplaincy of Santa Clara County) at the Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas. On the third Sunday of the month our team offers a prayer service for women detained at Elmwood.  The Care & Justice Commission recently donated 100 copies of "Hear My Voice, a Prison Prayerbook" for women inmates to use and "earn."  If you are interested in joining our team please contact the Trinity office to be put in touch with the current team lead.

RECLAIMING EDEN
Our commitment to care and justice extends to our planet, "this fragile Earth, our island home."  Trinity sponsors lectures and hands-on events for our members and the community around the theme of "six steps to solving climate change."  We incorporate creation care themes into our worship, and participate, along with churches across the U.S., in a carbon calculator project that demonstrates the impact people of faith can have in reducing carbon emissions.  More information here; contact Nancy Grove or Josie Gaillard to get involved.



HEARTS FOR JUSTICE
A series of community conferences hosted by Trinity to provide education and opportunities for action to correct systematic injustices in our local community.
   

 



HOME AND HOPE
For two weeks each summer, Trinity Church hosts a Home and Hope shelter. The congregation provides volunteers to support this event and the mission of Home and Hope: to provide a safe haven for homeless families while helping them to regain long term self sufficiency and raise community consciousness on the issue of homelessness by actively engaging volunteers. For more information please contact Jim Bramlett or Barbara Newton



ECUMENICAL HUNGER PROGRAM
Trinity partners with Ecumenical Hunger Program every year.  As each school year begins, we provide resources to help families served by EHP, enabling parents to shop for their children's back-to-school supplies.  At Christmas time we partner with EHP through their Family Sharing Program by providing new gifts and gift cards for families in need, making sure that these families have a joyful Christmas to share with one another.  For more information contact Timi Most.  


MENLO PARK YOUTH
The the San Francisco 49ers Academy, Trinity provides support to students and their families that live in our community.   Trinity is supporting the goal of keeping these student safe, on-track academically and in school.



GAIA
The Trinity community has been a long-time supporter of GAIA, which provides basic health services in Malawi, targeting prevention, care, and support in communities affected by HIV, AIDS, TB and malaria.  Our latest efforts are highlighted here.  Contact Laurie Hunter to get involved.